Fashola chides US over security report
Lagos state governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola has faulted the United States for releasing its security reports on the nation through undiplomatic channels.
According to the governor such behavior could to cause panic in the country and heat up the polity.
The United States had on Friday claimed that 'groups associated with terrorism' could be planning to attack a hotel in Lagos in a travel warning to its citizens.
The governor spoke while handing over 100 patrol vans and 150 motorcycles to the state police command to enhance its operational efficiency.
Fashola said the warning was wrongly channelled and capable of creating panic and confusion in the country.
He said that the U.S. should have followed due diplomatic process by sharing such privileged information with the home government rather than making it public.
'I think that there are channels of communication that information of that type can be shared without creating panic. And I think that citizens of all nationals can be protected without throwing a cat among pidgins.
'I will hope that we are more circumspect in the way we share information. At this time, what the country needs is more information in the right hands, to the right places. This will assist our agencies and government to overcome this difficult period,' he said.
He said terrorrism is a threat to humanity,calling for the concerted efforts of all countries in tackling the menace.
The governor said he was disturbed by the recent abduction of about 200 school girls in Chibok,Borno ,urging all Nigerians to unite to ensure their safe rescue.
According to him, the patrol vans and motorcyles were donated,through the state's Security Trust Fund to strengthen security in the state.
He charged police personnel to be dedicated to their duty and ensure judicious use of the items.
Fashola counseled that ,'All of these tools mean nothing unless we have dedicated men and women who choose to act professionally in the responsibility of law enforcement entrusted upon them'.
Receiving the items, Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko lauded the governor for the donations ,saying they would help law enforcement agents in discharging their responsibilities.
The Commissioner of Police said, 'We will ensure that the vans and motorcycles are well used to protect and secure the people of the state'.